Best Existence Quotes I Wish I Had Read

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Existence Quotes

In order to exist just once in the world, it is necessary never again to exist.

Albert Camus (1913-1960, French Existential Writer)


It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere.

Andre Breton (1989-1966, French Surrealist)


There’s nothing that makes you so aware of the improvisation of human existence as a song unfinished. Or an old address book.

Carson Mccullers (1917-1967, American Author)


Let us be moral. Let us contemplate existence.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British Novelist)


Being is a fiction invented by those who suffer from becoming.

Coleman Dowell (1925-1985, American Novelist, Dramatist, Lyricist)


To exist is equivalent to an act of faith, a protest against the truth, an interminable prayer. As soon as they consent to live, the unbeliever and the man of faith are fundamentally the same, since both have made the only decision that defines a being.

M. Cioran (1911-, Rumanian-born French Philosopher)


There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.

M. Cioran (1911-, Rumanian-born French Philosopher)


Every life is its own excuse for being.

Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American Author, Publisher)


The individual who has to justify his existence by his own efforts is in eternal bondage to himself.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American Author, Philosopher)


Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.

Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American Psychologist)


Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German Philosopher)


There’s a time when you have to explain to your children why they’re born, and it’s a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then.

Hazel Scott (1920-1981, American Entertainer)



Being is the great explainer.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist)


One is still what one is going to cease to be and already what one is going to become. One lives one’s death, one dies one’s life.

Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980, French Writer, Philosopher)


Existence itself does not feel horrible; it feels like an ecstasy, rather, which we have only to be still to experience.

John Updike (1932-, American Novelist, Critic)


We spend our lives talking about this mystery. Our life.

Jules Renard (1864-1910, French Author, Dramatist)


Nothing exists except by virtue of a disequilibrium, an injustice. All existence is a theft paid for by other existences; no life flowers except on a cemetery.

Remy De Gourmont (1858-1915, French Novelist, Philosopher, Poet, Playwright)


I can, therefore I am.

Simone Weil (1910-1943, French Philosopher, Mystic)


I don’t exist when you don’t see me.

Sisters Of Mercy


I exist in a state of almost perpetual hysteria.

Sting (1951-, British-born American Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Actor)


Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.

Susan Sontag (1933-, American Essayist)


The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness.

Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977, Russian-born American Novelist, Poet)

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